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“Great food”
Review of Van Kerkwijk

Van Kerkwijk
Ranked #55 of 4,225 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $16 - $48
Cuisines: European, Dutch
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighborhood: Red Light District (De Wallen)
Description: Van Kerkwijk, situated at the Nes 41 just behind Dam square, is a classic Amsterdam cafe and restaurant where you can eat and drink from early in the morning till late in the evening. Van Kerkwijk sisters have chosen a personal approach. That's why a menu doesn't exist and your options are presented at the table by your waiter. Van Kerkwijk stands for quality food and drinks in an urban atmosphere. Characteristic, easy going, value for money. You feel at home between the regular customers who keep returning for the varied menu and the relax atmosphere. Van Kerkwijk doesn't take reservations, walk in for a table or wait at the bar with a good beer or wine.
Reviewed March 30, 2013

I just came out of there and I am very satisfied, we had a delicious stack with strawberry source and goat cheese, starter and dessert for 70 euro. Food is really very tasty I would go back again eve if I was surprise there was no menu where to see the price on and yew had to rely on the very well trained waitress who tells you what's on for the day.
The only negative think is that they seems to do not was alcoholic beverage glasses properly and I decided to do not get wine.

Thank Raiday
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Reviewed March 27, 2013

If you want to experience something unique among Amsterdam's restaurants, Van Kerkwijk is the place to go. Especially that is located in the city center - close to Dam square, on Nes street. Be sure to arrive well in time as otherwise you'll end up waiting for a table. We arrived around 18:00 and this is high time to get a table (the place got full half an hour later).

Be prepared to listen to a menu from the waiter as there is no menu card except wine card. Choice is really wide and some dish compositions might sound strange, but they are really delicious. Atmosphere is great - you eat in a cozy place food that is like home made.

We had a great dinner including starter, dessert and wine for two for around 80 EUR. This is really good deal given how delicious the food was and atmosphere of the place. Will recommend it to anyone going to Amsterdam!

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2  Thank Andrzej S
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

The staff was very service-minded and the food good. The restaurant is situated very close to the Dam

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Thank Kokbok
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

Van Kerkwijk is exactly the great spot that others have described here in terms of food, atmosphere and service. Travelling alone, however, I went in feeling a bit uncertain...but no need to have worried! The bartender put me completely at ease while I waited for a table and in the meantime, I got to chatting with another lone traveller. When a spot came available, the staff suggested we could share if we wanted to -- but no pressure. We ended up sharing not only a table, but a bottle of wine and lots of good conversation. Couldn't have asked for a nicer evening.

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1  Thank SeeTee-27
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

This restaurant lived up to its review. The food was excellent with locally produced ingredients, the service was wonderful and the prices were reasonable. The restaurant is located on Nes, a small pedestrian street with many restaurants and pubs. It is rather non-descript so look for the sign. We had to wait about 20 minutes for a table. There are no menus, the waiters tell you what they are serving on a particular night, there were four apps and four entrees on offer including fish, chicken and lamb. The food was outstanding, it was fresh and delicious. The servers (despite the fact there were only two) were attentive and helpful and the value is excellent. If you want great dutch fare at a reasonable price...it is a must

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3  Thank rtala34
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